What divisions of the Boston Marathon will receive prize money and how much is at stake?
As principal sponsor, John Hancock Financial Services provided the first-ever prize money in 1986 and continues that tradition. The top finishers have received nearly $18.2 million in prize money and course-record bonuses over the past 30 years. To see a breakdown of the prize money that will be distributed, click the button below:
Will there be clocks along the B.A.A. 10K course?
Digital clocks, positioned at every mile and at the finish line, will indicate the unofficial time from the starter's gun.
Are portable toilets available at the B.A.A. 10K?
Portable toilets will be located at each fluid station. We've also added many portable toilets to the start and finish area.
How can I update my name, address, or other information on my B.A.A. 5K registration?
How can I update my name, address, or other information on my B.A.A. 10K registration?
What do entrants of the Boston Marathon receive?
Official Entrants receive:
While it is popular belief that in 1887 the B.A.A. founders chose the Unicorn as the organization’s symbol due to its place in mythology (Chinese and other mythologies regard the figure as an ideal and something to be pursued but which can never be caught), it is more likely that the Unicorn was borrowed from the coat of arms from one of the B.A.A.'s first families. Still, the now iconic Unicorn stands for striving for excellence.... even it can never be achieved.
Are B.A.A. 5K awards presented according to official ("gun") time or net time?
All prize money winners will be scored by gun time. All age group division awards will be awarded by net time.
Are bikes, skates, baby joggers/strollers, or dogs allowed on B.A.A. 5K course?
No. For safety reasons, baby joggers/strollers, in-line skates, skateboards and like vehicles of any kind, and animals are not permitted on the B.A.A. 5K course.
Can I wear headphones in the Boston Marathon?
While the B.A.A. discourages the use of iPods and headphones, we do not impose a ban on wearing such devices in the Boston Marathon except for the elite men and women and all those eligible for prize money. Many runners choose not to wear headphones, and instead listen to the crowd cheer them to Boylston Street.